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The Heart of a Peach


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Gentle, pleasant, small-town sweet romance that acknowledges gritty realism but does not dwell on it.

When we first meet Olivia, she is a passive character, and it's a delight to see her grow and take charge of her life, particularly after an earlier attempt went awry. She is faced with difficult choices, but helped by her good nature, which has won her several friends. Less satisfactorily, she is also helped by a great talent which appears to come naturally and requires little effort.

Denver is a strong and well-developed character, and his family is a great contrast for hers. The character structuring, extending into the alternating point-of-view chapters, reflects the overall solid construction of the book: good plot, well-written. There is quiet but appreciated diversity among the secondary characters.

Though Olivia's past and present circumstances have ample opportunity for angst, the various plot problems and conflicts are resolved relatively easily. In some cases, this may be because the characters that challenge Olivia don't appear to have strong motivations for their behaviour. There were moments where I expected something terrible to happen, and it did not. For the most part, I felt relieved rather than cheated - perhaps I've been reading too many stories that take many dark turns. But the combination of the calm resolutions, her natural talent, and a couple of other happy coincidences left me wanting a little more drama. On the other hand, the slow burn romance was entirely satisfactory and appropriate to the characters.

Whenever a main character in a romance has siblings, especially recently married, I suspect a series exists, and that is the case here. This book is part of a series, and apparently one of the later entries. I did not feel I was missing anything by reading this book first.

In some ways, Olivia's tale is an inspiring lesson of how one can recover and heal from teenage mistakes. Although she is twenty-four, teenage readers may find much that appeals here. Readers of any age who appreciate a gentle, angst-free sweet romance, with strong positive portrayals of family and small town life (and just enough darker elements for contrast), will enjoy this story.

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About the author

Jess B. Moore is a writer of love stories. The Fox River Romance novels combine her interests in family, music, and small towns into thoughtful tales of growing up and falling in love. view profile

Published on August 14, 2020

50000 words

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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